SAIL Ontario
Sailing Charters, Lessons, and Rentals
​The Marina at Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, NY
Sail Ontario is now the ONLY American Sailing Association affiliate on Eastern Lake Ontario offering sailing lessons and official ASA certifications. 

Introduction to Sailing (3 hours)

Our introduction to sailing is a non-certificate producing, 3 hour familiarization cruise aboard our 32’ sloop, Eudaimonia. Our certified instructors briefly cover the most important knowledge and skills topics needed to begin. The first hour is spent dockside to learn important sailing terminology, necessary safety gear and radio procedures, basic chart reading, and sailing maneuvers/points of sail. The remaining 2 hours is spent on the lake learning line handling procedures, sail-hoisting, how to work the cockpit, taking the helm, and returning and securing the vessel. 
Cost: $125pp including book 

ASA 101, Basic Keelboat Sailing (16 hours*)

Completing our American Sailing Association 101 course provides you worldwide recognition and the ability to skipper a sloop-rigged keelboat of approximately 20 to 26 feet in length by day in light to moderate winds (up to 15 knots) and sea conditions. This 16 hour course  is structured around two pillars: knowledge and skills.

Knowledge: Basic sailing terminology, maneuvers and points of sail, navigation rules, aids to navigation, safety gear and procedures
Skills (practice and demonstration): safety equipment, sailing (hoist/set sails safely and correctly to obtain proper sail trim), crew overboard, return and secure, and knots. 

Skills: Generally, on the first day (2 day schedule*) students learn basic sailing vocabulary, including parts of the boat and the terms used to communicate with fellow sailors. Next, students learn the basic knots necessary to feel safe and comfortable on the water. The afternoon begins with a quick summary of the vocabulary needed to sail the boat, including the different directions that the wind hits the boat (‘points-of-sail’), and the two different ways to turn the boat through the wind – tacking and jibing. We discuss how to leave the dock using the dock lines, and off we go, your captain navigating you out from the dock and then handing you the helm. That first afternoon, you’ll sail the boat straight at different angles to the wind, learn the correct language to use with your other crew members, and how to turn the boat using proper commands and technique. You’ll learn how to stow both sails and prepare for docking.

The next day (2 day schedule*) reinforces what you learned the day before and prepares you for the written test, with the schedule varying depending on the weather. You’ll review vocabulary, knots, points-of-sail, tacking, and jibing. You’ll start the day on the water on one of our smaller vessels and you’ll practice performing different sailing skills, including how to conduct person overboard drills, quickly and safely sailing to retrieve you lost "crew". Finally, after a quick review of key points, you’ll take the written multiple choice test – a great way to reinforce your new sailing knowledge. At the end of the day, you will receive your signed ASA logbook – it’s official that you’ve passed your ASA 101 Basic Keelboat certification class. You’re now ready to sail and crew with others and prepared to develop your skills as you learn how to charter and sail your own keelboat.

Cost: $365pp + $89.95 for Course Text, Official Logbook, ASA certification fee, and 1st Year ASA Membership

* Our 16 hour ASA 101 course is offered in three different versions:

1. 2 Full days, 9-5 (break each day for lunch)
2. 5 half days in the morning, 9-12 noon
3. 5 half days in the afternoon, 1-
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